April 28, 2009

Driver followed music to stolen truck

A Virginia man walked toward the distinctive music emanating from his stolen ice cream van and found it a few blocks from where it was taken, police said.

Police said the man was selling ice cream from his Blue Bunny van in Suffolk about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when two men approached him with guns and ordered him to exit the vehicle and strip down to his underwear, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

The driver followed the music still playing from the truck to where the vehicle had been abandoned by the thieves only a few blocks away, police said.

Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George said it was an unusual crime.

I don't ever recall hearing of an ice-cream truck being robbed, she said. Typically when you hear that music, there are a lot of children around.